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NBA Dunk Contest 2011: Did JaVale McGee Get Robbed Over Blake Griffin's Hype?

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  JaVale McGee #34 of the Washington Wizards dunks two balls on the same jump in the first round of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest apart of NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Staples Center on February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Kevon RobinsonCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2011

Blake Griffin—everybody loves him and ESPN even has a "Blake Griffin Alert" meter for whenever he is about to dunk in a game. So with that, it was obvious that he would be the favorite going into the NBA Dunk Contest this year, despite having great dunkers in the contest like JaVale McGee, DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka.

If you watched the dunk contest last night you would have seen that JaVale McGee can do things that nobody else in the league can probably do because of his wingspan and athleticism. Blake Griffin came into this contest as the poster child for the NBA and he was playing on his home stage, so he had an early advantage.

Before the dunk contest, McGee was already aware that Blake Griffin was going to win it. However, McGee came out with some of the best dunks in the contest and it was clear that he wanted to make a statement so people would remember him.

Why bring out the second rim for your first dunk though?

Now, the car dunk by Blake Griffin has got to be the most hyped-up dunk in NBA Dunk Contest history.

To be honest, the dunk was gimmicky and a much lower degree of difficulty than anything Javale McGee did previously. He just jumped over the hood. If Blake had jumped over the middle of the car, then I would have gone crazy.

After three ridiculous dunks, Javale McGee basically threw up a white flag dunk for his last dunk of the night.

Allegedly, Serge Ibaka stole one of his dunks and he was so confused that he panicked and couldn’t think of anything but to throw the ball off the backboard and do a worse version of a dunk Blake had previously performed. If this story is true, he would have known that it probably wasn't a good idea to do that dunk the moment Ibaka did it.

Isn’t Chris Webber supposed to be his coach?

Chris Webber definitely should have given McGee better ideas on his last dunk selection than just a basic alley-oop off the backboard.

McGee made history with having one of the most creative dunks in the NBA Dunk Contest and it is sad to know that he didn't win. The NBA really needs to drop the fan voting and just stick with judges voting throughout the whole contest.

Maybe JaVale McGee should have came out with a Bieber wig on...then he could've won the fan voting.

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